Ron Whyte’s autobiographical libretto for the opera VOICE explores his 3-year relationship between Ms. Ronnie Stier who is a quadriplegic confined to an electric wheelchair and himself who must use crutches for his artificial legs.
Without sentimentality, the opera explores their three-year relationship
of daily multi-hour phone conversations and infrequent meetings,
leading up to Ms. Stier becoming a full-time disability activist.
Juggling their fight against discrimination of the disabled with their precarious struggle for survival, they are put in a balancing act upon which their lives depend.
A longer scenario and complete libretto can be found in the score for VOICE.
÷ ÷ ÷ ÷ ÷ REVIEW About the Nov. 14, 1992 performance, Anne Emerman, former Director of the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, wrote: “VOICE is powerful and authentic to the feelings and experiences of people with disabilities.”
0:00 title credits 0:31 about the opera 1:07 What are we doing? 2:27 If it doesn't, then that's too bad 3:02 But you know I am 4:47 A voice comes from the past 6:13 Our meetings together are seldom 8:12 Sometimes I say to myself 9:48 transition accelerando 10:11 It is night 12:36 Did you see me? 14:19 They look at Greta Garbo too 16:05 What have you got to lose? 17:14 Blackmail them with the truth